Frank Herbert (1920-1986) created the most beloved novel in the annals of science fiction, DUNE. He was a man of many facets, of countless passageways that ran through an intricate mind. His magnum opus is a reflection of this, a classic work that stands as one of the most complex, multi-layered novels ever written in any genre. Today the novel is more popular than ever, with new readers continually discovering it and telling their friends to pick up a copy. It has been translated into dozens of languages and has sold almost 20 million copies.
As a child growing up in Washington state, Frank Herbert was curious about everything. He carried around a Boy Scout pack with books in it, and he was always reading. He loved Rover Boys adventures, as well as the stories of H.G. Wells, Jules Verne, and the science fiction of Edgar Rice Burroughs. On his eighth birthday, Frank stood on top of the breakfast table at his family home and announced,"I wanna be a author."
His maternal grandfather, John McCarthy, said of the boy, "It's frightening. A kid that small shouldn't be so smart." Young Frank was not unlike Alia in DUNE, a person having adult comprehension in a child's body. In grade school he was the acknowledged authority on everything. If his classmates wanted to know the answer to something, such as about sexual functions or how to make a carbide cannon, they would invariably say, "Let's ask Herbert. He'll know."
His curiosity and independent spirit got him into trouble more than once when he was growing up, and caused him difficulties as an adult as well. He did not graduate from college because he refused to take the required courses for a major; he only wanted to study what interested him. For years he had a hard time making a living, bouncing from job to job and from town to town. He was so independent that he refused to write for a particular market; he wrote what he felt like writing. It took him six years of research and writing to complete DUNE, and after all that struggle and sacrifice, 23 publishers rejected it in book form before it was finally accepted. He received an advance of only $7,500.
His loving wife of 37 years, Beverly, was the breadwinner much of the time, as an underpaid advertising writer for department stores. Having been divorced from his first wife, Flora Parkinson, Frank Herbert met Beverly Stuart at a University of Washington creative writing class in 1946. At the time they were the only students in the class who had sold their work for publication. Frank had sold two pulp adventure stories to magazines, one to Esquire and the other to Doc Savage. Beverly had sold a story to Modern Romance magazine. These genres reflected the interests of the two young lovers; he the adventurer, the strong, machismo man, and she the romantic, exceedingly feminine and soft-spoken.
Their marriage would produce two sons, Brian, born in 1947, and Bruce, born in 1951. Frank also had a daughter, Penny, born in 1942 from his first marriage. For more than two decades Frank and Beverly would struggle to make ends meet, and there were many hard times. In order to pay the bills and to allow her husband the freedom he needed in order to create, Beverly gave up her own creative writing career in order to support his. They were in fact a writing team, as he discussed every aspect of his stories with her, and she edited his work. Theirs was a remarkable, though tragic, love story—which Brian would poignantly describe one day in DREAMER OF DUNE. After Beverly passed away, Frank married Theresa Shackelford.
In all, Frank Herbert wrote nearly 30 popular books and collections of short stories, including six novels set in the DUNE universe: DUNE, DUNE MESSIAH, CHILDREN OF DUNE, GOD EMPEROR OF DUNE, HERETICS OF DUNE, and CHAPTERHOUSE: DUNE. All were international bestsellers, as were a number of his other science fiction novels, including THE WHITE PLAGUE and THE DOSADI EXPERIMENT.
His major novels included THE DRAGON IN THE SEA, SOUL CATCHER (his only non-science fiction novel), DESTINATION: VOID, THE SANTAROGA BARRIER, THE GREEN BRAIN, HELLSTROM'S HIVE, WHIPPING STAR, THE EYES OF HEISENBERG, THE GODMAKERS, DIRECT DESCENT, and THE HEAVEN MAKERS. He also collaborated with Bill Ransom to write THE JESUS INCIDENT, THE LAZARUS EFFECT, and THE ASCENSION FACTOR. Frank Herbert's last published novel, MAN OF TWO WORLDS, was a collaboration with his son, Brian.
A Game of Authors
In pursuit of a scoop, American journalist Hal Garson follows up on a mysterious, desperate letter that points to the whereabouts of legendary author Antone Luac, who vanished without a trace in Mexico years ago. The celebrated writer's disappearance is an enduring mystery, and Garson senses this story will make his career.…
After a plane crash in the Amazon, freelance pilot Jeb Logan must keep himself & his passengers alive in a gruelling trip downriver. With Jeb in the wreckage of the plane are a beautiful singer, her young son, and a ruthless murderer clinging to a last thread of sanity. With supplies running out, this small desperate group struggles to survive against the jungle—and each other.
On the edge of a war-weary and devastated galaxy, charismatic Lewis Orne makes planetfall on Hamal. His assignment: to detect any signs of latent aggression in this planet’s population.
To his astonishment, he finds that his own latent extrasensory powers have suddenly blossomed, and he is invited to join the company of “gods” on this planet.
And people place certain expectations on their gods….
The Pandora Sequence
All three novels in the Pandora Sequence by Frank Herbert & Bill Ransom, sequels to Frank Herbert's Destination: Void.
The Jesus Incident
The Lazarus Effect
The Ascension Factor
When 13-year-old David Marshall is kidnapped by the militant native American Katsuk, he doesn't know he's been chosen as the innocent from the white world to be offered in an ancient sacrifice of vengeance.
In the future, those who score high in polls, the High-Opps, live in plush apartments, with comfortable jobs, every possible convenience. But those who are low-opped, find themselves crowded in Warrens, with harsh lives and brutal conditions.
When a former High-Opp finds himself fighting for survival in the city’s underworld, it is time for a revolution. And every revolution needs a leader.
The Heaven Makers
Immortal aliens observed Earth for centuries, making full sensory movies of wars, natural disasters, and horrific human activities, all to relieve their boredom. Then, jaded by ordinary tragedies, they found ways to create their own disasters to amuse themselves. But interfering with human activities was forbidden. By the time Investigator Kelexel arrived, things were really getting out of hand.
Man of Two Worlds
Frank Herbert's witty science fiction adventure coauthored with his son Brian. What if the entire universe were the creation of alien minds? After an unfortunate spaceship accident, the hedonistic human Lutt Hansen, Jr., finds himself sharing his body and mind with a naive alien dreamer. The two have to survive dangers, schemes and assassination attempts . . . but can they survive each other?
Earth has become a library planet, a bastion of useful and useless knowledge—esoterica gathered by “pack rats” who scour the galaxy for information. Knowledge is power, knowledge is wealth, and knowledge can be a weapon. As powerful dictators come and go over the course of history, the dedicated librarians are sworn to obey the lawful government...and use their wits to protect the knowledge.
The starship Earthling, carrying thousands of hybernating colonists to a new world, is stranded beyond the solar system when the ship’s three Organic Mental Cores (disembodied human brains that control the vessel’s functions) go insane. A skeleton crew sees only one chance for survival: create an artificial consciousness which could guide them to their destination or destroy them.
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